January 10, 2006
Health Tip: Help Curb Teenage Drinking
Don't be afraid to talk about it
(HealthDay News) -- Teen drinking is an ever-growing problem, and parents often struggle with how to talk to their children about it.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation offers these suggestions:
- Talk about family expectations and rules regarding alcohol.
- Express how you feel about underage drinking.
- Make it clear that drinking and driving will not be tolerated.
- Talk about personal values that will encourage your child not to drink.
- Talk with your teen about peer pressure.
- Help your teen develop outside interests.
- Get to know your child's friends.
- Never ask your child to open a bottle of wine, pour alcohol or bring you a beer.
- Be a role model.